Did you know that people have been alpine skiing in Quebec for over 100 years?
We owe the emergence of alpine skiing in Quebec to Mr. Birch, a Norwegian who put on long skis and went on a solo expedition from Montreal to Quebec City. Curious, sceptical, and mocking journalists reported the exploit and confirmed the emergence of skiing north of the 37th parallel. At the end of the nineteenth century, people ventured out onto Mount Royal in Montreal and onto the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. In the mid-1930s, two inventors simultaneously installed mechanisms in Shawbridge (now Prévost) and in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts to transport skiers to the top. This marked the arrival of the first ski lifts. It cost only ¢5 to use them. At the beginning of the twentieth century, skiing and ski equipment progressed, and there are now over 70 ski areas across the province. Every winter, this story continues to be written at Quebec’s ski areas.